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WATER RESOURCES DIVISION 

NATioiviAl ParI< Service 

501 SoutIh Howes Street 
Fort ColliNs, ColoRAdo 80521 



UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA 

APR 2 4 1992 
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http://archive.org/details/strategicplanfy9001992 



Water Resources Division 



February 1992 



This Strategic Plan is intended to chart the path for the Water Resources Division over 
the next 3 years. In concert with the Natural Resources Directorate's 5-year plan, it 
will serve as a guide for the staff and provide standards for decision making as 
programs are developed and implemented. The Plan includes a Vision Statement, 
Goals and Objectives together with Tasks which will be integrated into the Division's 
Annual Work Plan each year. 

This document was conceived and developed by management and staff of the 
Division. It is intended to anticipate the future water resources needs of the National 
Park Service and to be responsive to our "customers." Regional Water Resources 
Coordinators and other National Park Service organizational units reviewed the plan 
in draft and offered valuable suggestions. The final product focuses on our vision and 
our dedication to serving the National Park Service. 

The employees of the Water Resources Division are committed to this Vision and to 
carrying out this Plan. In so doing, those we serve will recognize that we are truly 
"responsive to Park, Regional, and National needs, and committed to quality and 
professionalism." 




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NA TIONAL PARK SERVICE PURPOSE 



"... purpose is to conserve the scenery and 
the natural objects and the wild life therein 
and to provide for the enjoyment of the same 
in such manner and by such means as will 
leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of 
future generations. " (16 CISC 1; 1916) 



". . . these areas, though distinct in character, 
are united through their interrelated purposes 
and resources into one national park system 
as cumulative expressions of a single national 
heritage; that, individually and collectively, 
these areas derive increased national dignity 
and recognition of their superb environmental 
quality through their inclusion jointly with 
each other in one national park system 
preserved and managed for the benefit and 
inspiration of all the people ..." (16 USC 1a- 1; 
1970) 



"The authorization of activities shall be 
construed and the protection, management, 
and administration of these areas shall be 
conducted in fight of the high public value and 
integrity of the National Park System and shall 
not be exercised in derogation of the values 
and purposes for which these various areas 
have been established, except as may have 
been or shall be directly and specifically 
provided by Congress. " (16 USC la- 1; 1978) 



MISSION STATEMENT 



The mission of the Water Resources Division 
is to preserve and protect National Park 
Service water resources and water dependent 
environments. This mission is accomplished 
through a watershed management program 
based on needs at the Park, Regional, and 
National levels. 



VISION STATEMENT 



The Water Resources Division is dedicated to 
the mission of the National Park Service, is 
responsive to Park, Regional, and National 
needs, and is committed to quality and 
pro fessiona/ism . 



GOAL 1 

TO BE RESPONSIVE TO PARK, REGIONAL, AND 
NATIONAL WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT NEEDS 



Objective 1 : Improve Formulation of the Servicewide Water Resources Program 

Task 1: Identify Servicewide needs and integrate them into the program. 

Task 2: Develop and maintain a water resources issues/needs data base. 

Task 3: Host an annual meeting with water resources coordinators and key 
staff to formulate annual work plan. 

Task 4: Develop standards and guidelines for addressing unplanned technical 
assistance needs and for making annual work plan modifications. 

Task 5: To the extent possible, schedule all program planning and evaluation 
activities on a fiscal year basis. 



Objective 2 : Improve Implementation of the Servicewide Water Resources 
Program 

Task 1: Develop and evaluate approaches for enhancing technical program 
implementation at the park level and field test selected alternatives. 

Task 2: Evaluate alternative approaches for enhancing program coordination at 
the National and Regional level. 

Task 3: In cooperation with other organizational units, develop a long-term 
Servicewide organization, staffing, and implementation plan for the 
water resources program. 



Objective 3 : Provide for Review and Evaluation of the Servicewide Water 
Resources Program 

Task 1 : An annual report will be developed by the WRD and reviewed at an 
annual meeting of water resources coordinators, research, and 
resource management staff associated with the program. 

Task 2: Develop and implement procedures for reporting progress on WRD 
activities/annual work plan commitments. 

Task 3: Develop and implement internal program review procedures. 



GOAL 2 

PROVIDE SERVICES AND PRODUCTS 
OF HIGH QUALITY AND UTILITY 



Objective 1 : Develop and Apply Quality Assurance Procedures 
Task 1: Develop quality assurance guidelines for WRD program. 
Task 2: Develop quality assurance guidelines for WRD products. 

Objective 2 : Evaluate Services and Product Utility 

Task 1: Solicit feedback from customers regarding utility of products and 
services. 

Task 2: Conduct evaluation of WRD services and products. 

Objective 3 : Promote Effective Transfer of Services and Products 

Task 1: Define primary services and products. 

Task 2: Formalize requirements for Division publications including the report 
series. 

Task 3: Assess effectiveness of existing transfer mechanisms and modify as 
appropriate. 



GOAL 3 

TO ENHANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE ROLE 

OF THE WATER RESOURCES PROGRAM 
IN ACCOMPLISHING THE SERVICE'S MISSION 



Objective 1 : Improve Integration of WRD Program in the Administration and 
Management of NPS Resources 

Task 1: Encourage cooperative efforts between Washington Offices and 
Denver Service Center. 

Task 2: Participate in NPS Superintendent conferences, resource management 
meetings, and science conferences. 

Task 3: Integrate water resource management training with other NPS training. 

Task 4: Orient new natural resource specialists to the WRD program. 

Objective 2 : Improve Interagency Coordination and Cooperation 

Task 1: Evaluate and support WRD representation on interagency committees. 

Task 2: Identify opportunities to share expertise and other resources between 
agencies, and to coordinate resource management activities between 
agencies. 

Task 3: Maintain, review, and update interagency agreements with other 
agencies and develop agreements as necessary. 



Objective 3 : Contribute to NPS's Interpretation, Training, Environmental 
Education, and Outreach Programs 

Task 1: Investigate the feasibility of dedicating a position to water resources 
interpretation, training, environmental education, and outreach 
activities. 

Task 2: Develop informational materials on the Division, NPS water resource 
values, and management challenges utilizing appropriate audio/visual 
techniques. 



GOAL 4 
TO MAINTAIN AND ENHANCE A HIGH LEVEL OF PROFESSIONALISM 

Objective 1 : Encourage and Facilitate Employee Development 

Task 1: Establish annual training guidelines and identify resources available for 
implementing individual development plans. 

Task 2: Develop effective individual development plans that recognize 

personal, career, and NPS needs. Implement and evaluate individual 
aspects of the EDP annually W/l context of individual work plans. 

Task 3: Study feasibility of "detail assignments" for WRD employees to parks, 
Regions, WASO, or other organizational units or agencies. 

Task 4: Develop and maintain a library of training opportunities. Support 
specialized training opportunities as appropriate. 

Task 5: Support participation in training opportunities, professional meetings 
and societies, and with other national and international organizations. 

Task 6: Explore feasibility of an employee organization for purposes of 
organizing wellness programs, social activities, etc. 

Objective 2 : Provide Support and Recognition for WRD Employees 

Task 1: Continue promoting formal recognition of individual and group 
performance. 

Task 2: Solicit informal customer feedback after providing services. 

Task 3: Identify and secure space, equipment, and support staff, to the extent 
feasible, to provide an efficient and professional work environment. 

Task 4: Develop creative solutions to meet special employee needs. 

Task 5: Develop a pamphlet describing WRD personnel and their areas of 
professional expertise. 



Objective 3 : Foster Effective Communication with WRD Staff and Customers 

Task 1: Continue semi-annual all employee meetings. Schedule additional 
meetings as appropriate. 

Task 2: Develop and implement program to orient new WRD employees to the 
NPS and WRD. 

Task 3: Promote employees suggestions and ideas and implement as 
appropriate. 

Task 4: Provide a forum for exchange of ideas between WRD staff and other 
entities. 

Task 5: Investigate feasibility of enhancing automated communication within 
WRD and between WRD and other NPS units. 

Task 6: Make greater use of issue teams comprised of representatives from 
different disciplines and organizational units. 

Task 7: Maintain and enhance WRD reporting protocols, including trip reports, 
annual report, monthly reports, Division reports, etc. 

Task 8: Enhance WRD participation in Regional workshops, meetings, and 
other NPS meetings. 



Cover Design by Jacqueline V. Nolan 
Edited by Judy Rouse 

For additional copies, contact: 

National Park Service 
Water Resources Division 
301 S. Howes St., Room 353 
Fort Collins, CO 80521 



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